MBA helps pilot soar to new heights
Q. What does an international long-haul pilot do at 3am in the morning after a 15-hour flight, awake from jet-lag?
AStudy his Master of Business Administration (MBA).
For Jeremy Sutherland, an international long-haul pilot, dealing with multiple time zones and hours spent in the air has become second-nature after more than 20 years in the industry.
What wasn’t so second-nature was taking on the challenge of studying a MBA, a decision he made for the opportunities it would give him to rise to senior positions in his career.
Having previously studied an Advanced Diploma of Aviation, Jeremy knew he would need a flexible and fast-tracked programme that would support his variable hours and allow him to study from anywhere around the world.
“I chose to study the 12 Month MBA with the Australian Institute of Business because it’s an accredited programme that’s recognised internationally, and because I’m studying by Distance Learning, I have the flexibility to study at anytime, anywhere around the world,” he said.
“While jet-lag is a challenge for me, I manage to fit study in whenever I have the time, even if it’s just in 30-minute blocks. Since I’m often working nights and have little control over my roster, I can also defer a subject or two in the busy times at work, so having that flexibility really pays off.”
Despite being only part-way through his MBA, Jeremy said he could already see how each subject is benefitting him both inside and out of work.
“My MBA is helping me to analyse the strategies the company is using, their success, and whether there are ways to improve efficiency in this very complex environment,” Jeremy said.
“Because I’ve been able to tailor the programme around my interests and career, I can already see how the skills will be useful both in my career and outside of it.”